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Homeschooling is work. I’m just going to come out and say it. It’s not something you can just do consistently without effort.

BUT, it can be enjoyable work.

Not everyone you'll speak to is sold on the idea of homeschooling which can sometimes make you doubt yourself as a homeschooler. It can make you feel inadequate and even irresponsible to choose to educate your child at home, especially when there are so many good and outstanding schools to choose from. Right?

I get it. But I quickly overcome feelings of inadequacy and start to actually feel GOOD about homeschooling again when I consider these 4 perspectives.

How you feel about homeschooling boils down to how you're thinking about it and the good news is, with guidance, your thoughts towards it can change.

#1 Proven history of success

There’s nothing new about homeschooling

I know society likes to portray that homeschooling is a new phenomenon. But homeschool was literally the predominant way humans educated their children for thousands of years. If it worked then, it can work now.

Of course there were structured education systems within societies in ancient times, but it was not the expected path for everyone unlike today.

#2 Lived experience

Up to the age of 4, I had been teaching my son without mainstream educational intervention. I proactively took him to clubs and created learning opportunities at home and out in the world.

It was clear that he was developing and learning, so why should anything change now that he’s 4?

My behaviours haven’t stifled. If anything I’m MORE proactive with his education because I’ve made connections, become clued-up on resources and have access to the number 1 information tool in the world. There’s almost nothing we both can’t learn with the click of a button. And for the social aspect, that’s what family, friends and outings are for.

#3 I have help

I have a husband who is dedicated to our children’s development, I have a family who I can call for help at any time at all and I have an extended community.

I know not everyone has access to the same support systems as me, but no matter what barriers you face, there are people who can help you on this homeschool journey FOR FREE.

Google ‘homeschool near me’ and I’m sure you’ll find links to online groups, meet ups and resources.

If you’re stuck, go onto facebook and type ‘homeschool’ or ‘home education’ and join some groups.

Ask in there for the help you’re seeking and I’m confident that someone will be able to help.

In England you can also speak to your local council for information on resources and meet ups.

Even if they don’t have exactly what you want, they should be able to give you some information to start with.

#4 I can plan ahead

Often what makes the thought of homeschooling daunting is the ‘unknown.’ A lack of clarity in what your child could be/should be learning can feel heavy.

One way to overcome this is by using a ready made curriculum, timetable or making your own.

Note: you do not have to have a curriculum to home educate, many parents don't, but if you're the sort like me who overthinks and is concerned about the 'gaps' then a curriculum is a good way to keep you focused and to put your mind at ease, at least in the beginning of your journey.

As time goes on I'm sure you'll develop your own systems. No two homeschool's are the same.

Do you struggle with the thought of homeschooling?

What is your biggest barrier?

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